Nicole Ross returns for her fourth season as UMass Dartmouth's women's soccer coach after getting the program going in the right direction in her first three seasons.
Last year, the Corsairs posted an 11-5-2 record, recording the most victories since the 1994 team won 14 teams and were in the midst of advancing to post-season play for six consecutive seasons. UMass Dartmouth went 4-3 in Little East Conference play and advanced to the post-season for the second year in a row.
In 2011, the Corsairs went 7-11-2 and returned to the Little East Conference post-season tournament for the first time in two years. They defeated Rhode Island College and Plymouth State in LEC action, and advanced to play UMass Boston in the first round of the playoffs. In Ross's first season, the Corsairs showed marked improvement, playing a 1-1 overtime tie against LEC power Eastern Connecticut State on the final day of the schedule.
Ross came to UMass Dartmouth following a career as both a player and an assistant coach at Springfield (MA) College. A 2010 graduate of Springfield with a Master's Degree in Physical Education and a concentration in Advanced Level Coaching, Ross had served as a graduate assistant women's soccer coach during her last year. She then served as Interim Head Coach while the head coach was on sabbatical leave.
Ross brings a long list of accomplishments as a player at Springfield College and in women's amateur soccer circles as well. During her career at Springfield, Ross finished second in single season points in program history with 39 and was third in season goals with 16. Her teams made three appearances in the NCAA Division III women's soccer tournament while she was twice named a First Team All-New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference selection.
A two-time team captain, Ross earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region honors following her final season in 2008, as well as Springfield College's Female Senior Athletic Award. Following the completion of her collegiate career, Ross played a season with the United Soccer League's Western Massachusetts Pioneers. She also played two seasons for the Massachusetts Stingers in the Women's Premier Soccer League, the second-ranked women's soccer league in the country.
Only the fourth head coach of the women's soccer program at UMass Dartmouth in its 21-year history, Ross succeeded Carla DeSantis, who held the position for two seasons.